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John Elder, R.I.P.

March 12, 2010
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A reader pointed us to this death notice for John Elder, the former city-employed engineer whose troubles with the law and association with building collapses City Paper chronicled. Elder died March 3. His last couple of years were tough. Besides two investigations by the state Board for Professional Engineers, Elder suffered the death of...
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Property Investor Gets Jail Time for Building Without Proper Permits

January 14, 2009
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Chalk one up, we guess, for law and order on the collapse front. First District City Councilman James Kraft sent us a press release crowing about the 30-day jail stint awarded to Sandford Kreisler, a Manassas, Va.-based, erm, “property investor” who failed to appear for a court date stemming from a case involving a...
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The New York Way

March 3, 2008
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New York City has a problem looks familiar to City Paper readers: shoddy engineering work that leads to collapses and injuries. According to today’s report in the New York Times, city officials gave architects and engineers authority to inspect and sign off on their own construction projects–just as Baltimore did. The results have been...
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